Sunday, December 09, 2018

Dec 10: Pat Oliphant at White House Historical Association

    SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Holiday Book Fair

December 10th, 11AM – 6:30PM

Featuring Special Guest, "President Thomas Jefferson"

Book Signings with Authors

Food and Drink by Former White House Chef Roland Mesnier, interactive exhibits, music and more!

November 1, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The White House Historical Association is pleased to announce its upcoming Holiday Book Fair, a full day of holiday shopping and festivities with 12 authors available to sign copies of their award-winning books. A full range of White House inspired gifts including the 2018 Official White House Ornament, will be available for purchase in addition to books.


Since 1962, the White House Historical Association has published books on the history of the White House—covering topics such as architecture, gardens, fine and decorative arts, food, and presidential families. Authors include former White House staffers, historians, political cartoonists, and scholars from diverse fields.


  The 2018 Holiday Book Fair will feature:


·         Book signings with award-winning authors

·         Special Guest: "President Thomas Jefferson" will share memories and unique insights on his life and history of the White House (as portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg)

·         Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier will serve his authentic White House Eggnog and discuss creating pastries for significant White House events under five presidents

·         Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist Pat Oliphant will sign copies of our recent White House History Quarterly: Political Cartoons and the White House, which features his drawing on the cover.

·         Examples of President Obama's presidential china on display and former White House Curator William Allman, author of Official White House China, will be available to answer questions.

·         Artist John Hutton will demonstrate "How to Draw the Presidents"

·         Raffle of original John Hutton drawings created during the 2018 Easter Egg Roll and as seen in The White House Easter Egg Roll: A History for All Ages

·         Jonathan Pliska, Author of A Garden for the President, will discuss his collection of heirloom seeds, which match those purchased for the earliest White House gardens.

·         Author Osborne Mackie will discuss examples of a rarely seen artifacts in the Decatur House collection, which will be on display in connection with our recently released book, The Stephen Decatur House: A History

·         Artist Peter Waddell discusses his painting, Thomas Jefferson in His Study with the president himself (as portrayed by Bill Barker of Colonial Williamsburg)

·         Live music!


WHEN: Monday, December 10, 2018; 11AM—6:30PM


WHERE: 1610 H St., N.W. Washington D.C., 20009


All books are available at


About The White House Historical Association

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy envisioned a restored White House that conveyed a sense of history through its decorative and fine arts. In 1961, the White House Historical Association was established to support her vision to preserve and share the Executive Mansion's legacy for generations to come. Supported entirely by private resources, the Association's mission is to assist in the preservation of the state and public rooms, fund acquisitions for the White House permanent collection, and educate the public on the history of the White House. Since its founding, the White House Historical Association has contributed more than $47 million in fulfillment of its mission. To learn more about the White House Historical Association, please visit

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